Central Hosts Community Reading Experience

Central joined with the Pella community in reading “The Sacred Acre.”

Central joined with the Pella community in reading “The Sacred Acre.”

Central and Pella community members were invited to read “The Sacred Acre” and hear guest speaker Aaron Thomas—all part of a community reading experience sponsored by Central College and the Pella Wellness Consortium.

Aaron Thomas is the son of Ed Thomas, the highly successful Aplington-Parkersburg High School football coach whose story is told in “The Sacred Acre.” Ed Thomas helped his community rebuild after the 2008 tornado—then was murdered by a former player.

Kristi Leonard ’97, assistant dean of students, said the book was perfect for community discussion because it fosters thought around wellness, community, character and faith.

Community members discussed the book Sept. 25-27 at Central and Pella Public Library. Aaron Thomas spoke Oct. 4 in Central’s H.S. Kuyper Fieldhouse.

Pella Wellness Consortium was founded last fall and includes leaders from Central College, Pella Corporation, Pella Regional Health Center, Precision Pulley & Idler and Vermeer Corporation. The group collaborates to implement strategies for the health and well-being of each person in the Pella community. The consortium recently received a Marion County Foundation Grant, which helped support this event series.

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